1. Hot weather. Food provides energy. Our bodies burn energy to create heat and keep us warm. In warm weather, we need less of that energy, and therefore less food. (Heat is a major appetite suppressant for me.)
2. Anxiety. Stress hormones can slow your appetite.
3. Stomach virus. Nausea decreases appetite as the gastrointestinal system recovers.
4. Respiratory illness. The flu can have an impact on your senses of smell and taste, and this can depress appetite.
5. Chronic pain. When your body is expending energy to battle an ongoing condition like arthritis, you may lose your appetite.
7. Antibiotics can cause bloat and nausea, which can kill appetite. (This is going on with me right now. The antibiotics I took after I had my tooth pulled have played terrible games with my gut.)
8. Sedatives. When sedatives slow your brain activity, they can lessen your appetite, too.
9. Diuretics. Like headaches, loss of appetite is a common side effect.
10. Change in time/schedule. Some people find that travel from one time zone to another throws off their appetite.
11. Age. Hunger levels can decrease with time.
12. Poor dental health. If it hurts to eat, you're not going to get hungry as often.
13. Boredom. Maybe your taste buds just need a jumpstart.
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